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Best foods to eat for healthy teeth and gums

Jan 20, 2020 · Filed under Education

With 2020 in full swing, you might be thinking of ways to prioritize health in your everyday life. If your new year’s resolution is to eat healthier, good news! Foods that are generally good for you are also healthy for your teeth and gums, too! Here is a selection of those foods, as well as some fun surprises.

Leafy greens like kale and spinach are full of vitamin C, which naturally boosts your body’s production of red blood cells which reduces inflammation. These benefits help battle against irritation and gum disease. On top of that, since these vegetables require more chewing, your mouth produces more saliva to help flush out food particles, bacteria, and plaque.

Onions have the benefit of neutralizing oral bacteria. While they might not give you great breath, the microbes in onions target the most common types of bacteria that cause gum disease and cavities.

Crunchy foods like celery, carrots, and apples are great to scrape food and plaque away from your teeth. They can help keep your mouth fresh between brushings.

Here’s a fun one: Cheese! Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Swiss, and other aged cheeses make it easier for your mouth to salivate. (Have you ever seen a cheese fondue? Our point exactly!) This, as we mentioned earlier, helps wash food particles away from teeth.

If you do need a sweeter treat, we recommend foods that are sugar-free or unsweetened. They contain xylitol, a sugar substitute that may actually prevent cavities. However, we know it’s hard to resist the real thing. When you do eat sugary treats, incorporate them into a meal rather than a snack. With more eating comes more salivation, so a meal can clear away more food particles, bacteria, and plaque. A beverage can also help that process.

There are lots of tips and tricks to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but the most important thing of all is your check-up twice a year. If you need to schedule yours, click here to request an appointment!

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